Julia Bullard teaches viola, string pedagogy, and string methods and techniques at the University of Northern Iowa. Bullard is the Associate Director for Graduate Studies in the School of music. From 2003-2010, Bullard also served as Director of the UNI Suzuki School. She is an active solo, chamber and orchestral performer both in the US and abroad.Her many solo and chamber engagements include performances in France, Russia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, New York and Iowa. She has also presented master classes at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil; Herzen Pedagogical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia; the University of Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica; Facultad de Musica, Universidad Juan N. Corpas in Bogota, Colombia; the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; Drake University in Des Moines, IA; and the State University of New York at Fredonia. A committed pedagogue, Dr. Bullard has served on the board of the Iowa Viola Society and as President of the Iowa String Teachers’ Association. In 2011-2012, ISTA named her Studio Teacher of the Year. She is also a frequent clinician and adjudicator at various string festivals and competitions in Iowa and throughout the Midwest.
Bullard received the D.M.A. degree from the University of Georgia, where she was the Director of the Pre-College String Program. She received her M.M. (string pedagogy and music history) and B.M. (performance) degrees from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and her principal teachers have included Sidney Curtiss, Emanuel Vardi, Joseph dePasquale, Mark Cedel, and Levon Ambartsumian. She has also coached with Robert Mann (formerly of the Juilliard String Quartet), Jeffrey Solow (Amadeus Trio), Roger Chase (Nash Ensemble), and Evelina Chao (St. Paul Chamber Orchestra).
Prior to joining the UNI faculty, Bullard taught at the University of Georgia's Pre-College Program; Toccoa Falls College (GA); Clarke Middle School (GA); Settlement Music School (Philadelphia); Temple University's Music Preparatory Division; and the Brenau (GA) Suzuki School. She has performed with various orchestras, including the Greenville (SC), Trenton (NJ), South Jersey, Macon (GA), Schenectady (NY), and Utica (NY) symphonies, as well as at several summer festivals including the Madeline Island Music Camp, Luzerne Music Center, Camp Encore-Coda, Ash Lawn-Highland Opera Festival, and the Virginia Waterfront International Arts Festival.